This sprang to life from multiple sources. A favorite sculpture of mine is The Capitoline Wolf (5th century BC) which depicts a she-wolf suckling Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus. It combines exquisite beauty and ferociousness. This painting then hit a dead-end and I could not find my way for a long time. At one point I resorted to making burn marks through the oil paint and into the wood to try and find a path forward. Eventually, one of my cats became the catalyst for the painting by its compositional placement and also its demeanor and disarming pose. Bessie is the cat’s name.

Oil on birch panel. 15" x 19 3⁄4”


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